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Shop ’til you drop in Somerset West

August 19, 2011

When it comes to shopping the town of Somerset West has a lot to offer. You will find all the major retail chains here as well as lots of small and specialist shops. Everything you need is right on your doorstep here, either in one of the malls or somewhere around the town.

Somerset Mall

The main shopping attraction is Somerset Mall which has won numerous awards. With 1.3 km of retail space it is the third biggest mall in the Western Cape and attracts many visitors not only from Cape Town but all around the province. Personally I’m not wild about shopping in such a huge area, but it is a great mall with lots of attractions. One big advantage though is the quality of the bathrooms, which also include babying change facilities.

Ster Kinekor runs the movie complex and has added 3D capability recently. There is a good choice of restaurants close to the cinema if you fancy a bite to eat before or after the movie. It can be busy during the last weekend of the month and at peak holiday times, but of course, you can book your cinema seat on-line.  There’s an undercover car park just below the cinema, which was very welcome the other week when it was pouring down with rain!

Most of the time I prefer to shop in the smaller little shopping centres. Once you’ve walked through them a couple of times you soon get to know what’s where. Click here to view a detailed map showing where the malls and main shops are to be found.

Smaller shopping centres in Somerset West

Waterstone Village is many people’s next favourite after the big mall. It’s much smaller and has the advantage of having the two big tenants, Pick’n Pay and Woolworths, close to one another. It’s bright and clean with ample parking too.

It’s a charming centre and has all the shops you need regularly: supermarkets, pharmacy, hardware and garden centre, plus a book shop, hairdressers, video rental, pet shop and some nice little fashion stores, as well as a good selection of restaurants and takeaways.  It’s also really convenient for me being 2 minutes drive from my guesthouse, Penny Lane Lodge.

Lions Square, which is also just up the road from me, has a really good KwikSpar with a great in-store bakery.  It also sells a wide variety of ‘foreign foods’ – even tinned mushy peas!  There also a fishmonger, pharmacy and pet shop, video rental, launderette and bottle store. The parking in front of the entrance can get very busy, but if you drive around and enter the garage (first 45 min free) it’s just a few steps to the upper level shops.

The Circle Centre is another handy little mall with a large Woolworths, Clicks, CNA and a number of smaller specialist shops including clothing, beauty therapies and a graet second hand book store.  Across the car park a new supermarket has opened selling very reasonably priced fresh fruit and vegetables, together with some interesting herbs and spices. 

The Circle Centre will also be hosting the Western Cape Watercolour Group’s Annual Merit Exhibition…more on this soon.

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